Have a travel related question? Post it here, and I’ll do my best to answer it as quickly as possible.
While anyone can comment on regular blog post, registration is required in order to post a question in this space. Creating your account is free, and you'll be able to see when your question is answered, as well as like comments from other users. And of course, you'll earn status points for offering helpful answers!
This space is intended to be more of a community as well, so please jump in and share tips!
Emirates First w/ 3:20am Departure out of DXB?
I currently have a Business Class award booked thru Alaska on Emirates…EK226 (SFO-DXB) and a couple days later EK97 (DXB-FCO). I now have enough miles to upgrade to First Class, but the only availability I am seeing that works with my schedule for the DXB-FCO segment is EK99…which departs Dubai at 3:20 in the morning! And it’s on a 777, not an A380.
So my questions are…
– Should I re-book the trip in First Class, even though the flight out of Dubai leaves at crazy o’clock in the morning?
– If I do re-book to EK99, how feasible is it to arrive at DXB the night before and enjoy the benefits of the First Class Lounge for seven-ish hours?
From what I’ve learned poking around the internet, I think I can check-in and check my luggage up to 24 hours before departure…and it appears the lounge never closes…so I think I am good. And I don’t think I’d sleep any better in a hotel with a 3:20am departure…so I figure I might as well enjoy a late dinner, massage, wine/beer/champagne, etc. as opposed to paying to stay half-a-night in a hotel.
What do you think? Am I missing anything?
3 AM is actually a quite common time to depart in Dubai. If you are a morning person, this might be tough. But if staying up late isn’t a big issue, this schedule ensures that you will sleep for sure on your flight. Not sure if I would use an upgrade to first under these circumstances. Unfortunately you did not mention how much better the currently booked option is. My tendency is that a switch to EK99 in first is not worth it, as you will sleep anyway most of the time.